REVIEW: THE PHOTOGRAPHER, BY MARY DIXIE CARTER

WHEN PERFECT IMAGES

As a photographer, Delta Dawn observes the seemingly perfect lives of New York City’s elite: snapping photos of their children’s birthday parties, transforming images of stiff hugs and tearstained faces into visions of pure joy, and creating moments these parents long for.

ARE MADE OF BEAUTIFUL LIES

But when Delta is hired for Natalie Straub’s eleventh birthday, she finds herself wishing she wasn’t behind the lens but a part of the scene—in the Straub family’s gorgeous home and elegant life.

THE TRUTH WILL BE EXPOSED

That’s when Delta puts her plan in place, by babysitting for Natalie; befriending her mother, Amelia; finding chances to listen to her father, Fritz. Soon she’s bathing in the master bathtub, drinking their expensive wine, and eyeing the beautifully finished garden apartment in their townhouse. It seems she can never get close enough, until she discovers that photos aren’t all she can manipulate.

 

curl up and read thoughts

The Photographer pulls the reader into the mind of our narrator, Delta Dawn. Almost immediately, we realize that she is living in some alternate reality in which she can manipulate events, not just the photos she edits. Her mind takes her on imaginary journeys as she plots out how she hopes the world will turn out for her.

Her obsession with the Straub family seems innocent enough in the beginning, but soon she has taken a dark turn.

I couldn’t stop turning the pages as I waited to see what Delta would do, and how she would upend the lives of those she was trying to emulate. A 5 star read.

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